When setting up your home office, it’s important to make it both professional and comfortable. Most of all, it has to meet your business needs, and one business need you can’t ignore is communications.
Get the most out of your working space by following our four steps for setting up the ultimate home office.
Whatever your workspace, comfort should be a priority. When furnishing your office, you should look for the following:
An ergonomic chair to help with posture and prevent back problems.
A monitor/laptop stand – to adjust the height of your screen. Ideally the screen should be 20-30 inches away from your eyes.
Your desk should be at the correct height for you to work comfortably and big enough to give you room to position your monitor or laptop so it’s not too close to your eyes.
5 must-haves for making your home office an environment conducive to working are:
Go minimalist and get rid of all the clutter on your desk to create a more productive work space.
Try to get plenty of light – natural light is best.
Go zen by getting some plants – desk plants have also been proven to help lower blood pressure and increase productivity.
iPod dock – music can help you relax and prevent boredom.
You may also be surprised to know that the colour of your work space can affect your work – go for blue if you need to relax more or red or orange to energise.
Avoid the corporate look. This is your space so paint the walls your favourite colour and hang photos of friends and family to make the space more enjoyable.
You’ll need to have some or all of the following basic equipment, depending on your business:
PC or laptop
Depending on how much space you have available. If you’ll be travelling to business meetings, a laptop may be more suitable.
You could use your home phone but this could be inconvenient for your family and your business.
Having an all-in-one printer, scanner and fax will help conserve as much as space as possible.
So much of work now relies on a strong connection to the internet. Good Wifi is essential.
To get rid of any confidential information securely, especially customer details.
External hard drive
To back up and secure your data.
To help you get to into your work routine.
A small, stocked fridge
To prevent you wandering off to the kitchen.
Communication is key to every successful business:
Mobile phone – dedicated for business use so you can take calls on the go.
Dedicated business email account
Tablet or other gadgets
Second phone line – if you’re trying to use your home landline for business, you’ll have to compete with other family members. This is inconvenient and means you may miss important calls. A dedicated second phone line for your business projects a far more professional image.
Social media for your business
Specialised software for your business